Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday allayed fears of revocation of the special provisions of Article 371H and said the rights are aimed at developing the backward areas of the State.
In his Independence Day address, Mr. Khandu said the provisions enshrined in Article 371H are aimed at “protecting the economic and cultural interests” of some States, including Arunachal.
The recent abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 in J&K by the Centre have raised apprehensions in the Northeast, with several parties and organisations fearing that the Centre may also tinker with the special status accorded to their States.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had clarified that the Central government has no such intention.
Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his bold move in J&K, Mr. Khandu said: “The provisions of Article 371H are inclusive in nature, but that of Article 370 are primarily divisive. The government has taken the first step towards the inclusive development of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“I assure the people of my State that the provisions of Article 371H will continue to stay in force and the same has been categorically assured in Parliament by the Centre,” he said after unfurling the Tricolour at Indira Gandhi Park here.
Article 371H vests the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh with special responsibility with respect to the law and order situation in the State and in the discharge of his functions in relation thereto.